The Summit High School girls' cross-country team won Saturday's Eagle Valley Invitational, which had seven female teams in attendance. The team's score was 41, with Hotchkiss, second-place at 52 points.
It's the first top finish for the team this season out of three races. The team had two second-place finishes prior.
On Saturday, freshman Ruthie Boyd took third place - the leader of the team - finishing in 19 minutes, 56 seconds. Junior Katherine Pappas finished fourth in 20:03 with freshman McKenna Ramsay not far behind, finishing fifth in 20:20, and freshman McKinley Jones finishing ninth in 20:50. Sophomore Riley Vargo finished 20th in 21:56 and two freshmen, Emily Pappas (22:31) and Jessica Horii (22:44) rounded out the varsity team with a 21st- and 23rd-place finish, respectively.
"We are so excited about the change-up in our top three," head coach Heather Quarantillo said. "It really shows that their strength is coming along nicely and the weight of leadership does not fall on just one set of shoulders."
Summit's boys' cross-country runners finished fifth out of nine, with Eagle Valley taking first with 32 points to Summit's 133.
Senior Shane Arnold finished first in the Summit lineup for the first time with a 29th place and a time of 19:15. Junior Robert Koegel wasn't far behind, placing 30th in 19:16. Sophomore Colin McGrew landed his personal best of 19:19, putting him in 32nd place, and senior Danny Cuadrado placed 34th in 19:33.
The team put new varsity runners in the lineup for the Eagle Valley Invite, with sophomore Kevin Curnutte finishing 42nd in 19:52 (a two-minute personal best), junior Brecken Chamness placing 43rd with a 19:54 and Alex Mason in 46th place with a 19:59.
Both boys and girls race again today in Buena Vista at 5 p.m.
- Janice Kurbjun
The Summit High School girls' volleyball team stepped up its defensive game and played "out-of-their-minds defense" against the Steamboat Sailors on Saturday, head coach Liz Hughes-Waddick said. Still, though, the Sailors sailed past the improving Tigers, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21.
"They played defense so well," Hughes-Waddick said. "Now, we need to work on completing plays and putting balls away on offense. All in all, it's a great showing for them. We just need to close plays out."
- Janice Kurbjun
Summit High School's junior fullback Maddy Hunt-Snyder didn't take long to become the ninth player in team history to rack up a double-century in points scored.
Three minutes into the Tigers' (3-0) league game against Columbine, the home team stole the scrum, passing the ball to Hunt-Snyder, who went wide left, racing 70 meters for the opening score of the game. It was her 40th try and 200th point, coach Karl Barth said, and put her as the third leading scorer in Summit High School girls' rugby history. Senior Nicole Chandler converted the try for a 7-0 lead over Columbine.
"It's an honor to be the ninth person to reach 200 points on a team with such an amazing history," junior Hunt-Snyder said, adding, "It's motivation for me to work even harder, and shows how incredible this team has always been and will always be. As teammates, we encourage and challenge each other, and even teammates who are no longer here continue to do that."
Hunt-Snyder struck again at the 8-minute mark when she gathered a clearing kick from opponent Cameron Piper and raced outside the defense and down the left side from 60 meters out.
Chandler's second conversion made it a 14-0 lead and it looked like Summit would cruise to a victory, but the visitors struck back with a try from Libby Schlarbaum and conversion from Piper to make the score 14-7.
"We got a little sloppy and we didn't execute, especially with our defensive line speed," Barth said.
Before the end of the half, the Tigers blocked a kick, moving the ball wide to freshman blyer Becca Rosco, who touched down her second try of the season to bring the Tigers to a 19-7 halftime lead.
"We had a rough first half, but once we got our heads straight we played our game," senior center Chelsea Christianson said.
Captain Katy Peoples echoed that praise, "I was impressed with our ability to adjust to and overcome the challenges that they [Columbine] presented us with."
Hunt-Snyder started the second half the way she did the first - with a try just minutes into the second stanza.
It wasn't an easy game, as Columbine presented tough defense. Still, Julia Thompson tossed a pass to senior Vanessa Barrios on the outside, where she ran and stiff-armed her way to a try. Morgan Courtney converted for the 24-7 lead. Barth began putting his bench on the field, and the Tigers controlled the game to the finish.
"(Columbine) really tested us and showed us some areas we need to address," said Barth, "I thought we adjusted well and made some improvements in the second half. [Katy] Peoples and Lily [Weldon] really stepped up and led by example and we got back on track despite a slow start - and Maddy was electric. We'll have to shore up the breakdown and work on our launch this week if we want to be ready for Saturday's big test. It is still early in the season but it should be a real litmus test for both teams."
"I think the game went really well," Hunt-Snyder said. "It was the first time we've been scored on this season and with a big game coming up Saturday I think it was a good reality check for us. We got a little flustered but we were able to pull it together and finish strong."
The team hosts Castle Rock (2-0) in a battle of undefeateds on Saturday, homecoming weekend. It's a rematch of last year's state final, with kickoff at 11 a.m. at Tiger Stadium.
- Submitted by Karl Barth